As the pace of technology grows, so does the number of cases in the commercial litigation sector. One case, that of two technology giants and a court case over the question of intellectual property, may have an impact on the perception of future property rights, according to the New York Times.
While the judge, in this case, ruled that the alleged theft of intellectual property should ban certain products from import based on that theft, it may have a future impact on other rulings, and those who have concerns about what the law says about such issues may want to understand what this case means regarding unfair competition laws.
Judge cites tariff laws
The judge presiding over this case cited the Tariff Act of 1930, which bans the import of products that violate any existing patents. The plaintiff in the case accused its competitor of violating not just one but many different patents; however, the defendant filed a countersuit that accused the plaintiff of the same type of violation.
Possible future effects of the ruling
While the lawsuit continues and the import ban is not final, this ruling and any other that takes place within the confines of this case may create future precedents for other court cases that deal with copyright infringement. For example, cases that arise and question multiple incidents of patent violation may cite this ruling and lend support to companies battling what they believe are unfair import and competition practices.
Further advances in technology may increase instances of copyright infringement cases in the future, including further domestic and international legal battles that include these two tech powerhouses.